KeePass

A good free password manager

KeePass is a free, open source password manager for home users. View full description

PROS

  • Good online and offline help
  • Attrative, easy to use interface
  • Excellent security options
  • Free and open-source
  • Random password generator

CONS

  • Can look intimidating at first
  • Seems to work only with Internet Explorer
  • Internet integration could be better

Very good
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KeePass is a free, open source password manager for home users.

Good password management is essential to stay safe, on and offline. These days, services and programs are so many and varied that keeping track of your passwords across devices, websites and apps can be near-on impossible. That's where a password manager like KeePass comes into play.

Easy to use

This app doesn't require installation, and presents a simple, easy-to-navigate interface. First off, the app will ask you to define a master password. As this is the main step and the first line of KeePass' defences, it's essential that it's a good one. To this end, KeePass will assess the master password's strength, as well as offering extra protection like a key file option and the ability to enable a Windows user account backup, in case a user account is lost.

Once you've set up a master KeePass password, you'll want to go about setting up password databases and groups - categories of password-protected information. How you organize these is up to you - you could have a work and a personal database, for example, filled with groups like banking, internet and social networks. Setting these up is easy, as KeePass walks you through each step with a clear and detailed wizard-like approach.

Using your passwords

Navigating the KeePass interface is very intuitive. Right-click on an entry to modify it, and use the icons along the top of the window to perform the most basic KeePass tasks. In order to actually use your passwords, you'll need to have the app open. You can then copy the password information you need to the clipboard, where it will be erased automatically after a few seconds.

Unfortunately, it's here on the internet integration that Keepass loses a few points. It's not bad by any means, but it's just not as smooth an experience as other similar apps like Sticky Password Free or BlackBox Password Manager.

KeePass is a very good password manager that's great on options, but not so hot on online integration.

Changes

  • Auto-type window definitions in custom window-sequence pairs are now Spr-compiled (i.e. placeholders, environment variables, etc. can be used)
  • Global auto-type delay: added support for multi-modified keys and special keys
  • Added 'New Database' application policy flag
  • Multi-monitor support
  • RoboForm importer: URLs without protocol prefix are now prefixed automatically (HTTP).
  • Entry-dependent placeholders can now be used in most trigger events, conditions and actions (the currently focused entry is used)
  • Auto-type on Unix-like systems: KeePass now shows an informative error message when trying to invoke auto-type without having installed the 'xdotool' package
  • New column engine: drag&dropping hidden fields works as expected again (the field data is transferred, not asterisks).
  • Improved restoration of a maximized main window
  • Improved error message when trying to import/export data from/to a KDB file on a non-Windows operating system
  • Minor other improvements

Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage's ftp password, online passwords, etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem... A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

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KeePass 2.16

— User reviews — about KeePass

  • romina.solo2

    by romina.solo2

    "passwords"

    good idea manager the your password the browser sites,i like keepass . More.

    reviewed on December 19, 2013

  • udachny

    by udachny

    "Simple and light"

    I use this program at home and at work. It is really easy to generate new secure password and no need to memorize all of... More.

    reviewed on September 22, 2011

  • funnydude

    by funnydude

    "To difficult"

    To difficult to work out. More.

    reviewed on May 28, 2007